Is Leah McSweeney Replacing Bethenny Frankel on ‘RHONY’ Season 12?

There’s a spot left open in The Real Housewives of New York cast following Bethenny Frankel’s exit and there’s already a name set to replace her. Leah McSweeney is reportedly holding an apple for Season 12 of the hit Bravo reality show and she already has ties to current housewives.

Bethenny Frankel would be replaced by Leah McSweeney on 'RHONY' Season 12
Bethenny Frankel would be replaced by Leah McSweeney on ‘RHONY’ Season 12. | John Sciulli/Getty Images for PacSun / Heidi Gutman/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Bethenny Frankel Quit ‘RHONY’ and Left Spot Open

The Skinnygirl founder and CEO announced she was leaving RHONY to pursue other ventures.

“I have decided to leave the ‘Housewives’ franchise to explore my next chapter,” Frankel said in the statement to Variety. “It’s time to move on and focus on my daughter, my philanthropy and my production partnership with Mark Burnett, producing and starring in shows which represent a shift in the conversation for women. With the changes in modern culture, I want to highlight the strength, confidence and unstoppable power that women have.”

Frankel also talked about her time on the show: “My experience at Bravo has been an incredibly magical ride. I am so grateful to them for highlighting my entrepreneurialism and allowing me to pave the way for many women to achieve their goals. I am excited for my future. The best is yet to come.”

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Who Is Leah McSweeney and Is She Joining ‘RHONY’?

A report from Entertainment Tonight uncovered that McSweeney would be joining the cast of RHONY for the upcoming season that is set to start production in the coming days. She is an NYC native, entrepreneur and founder of a streetwear brand.

“Leah is a friend of Tinsley [Mortimer} and the two have already filmed a workout scene together,” the source told ET.

It’s still up in the air if McSweeney is going to be a full-time housewife or a featured friend throughout the season.

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I flourish in humidity ☺️

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Luann de Lesseps Spills The Tea

Luann de Lesseps let it slip that Bravo might have already cast a new housewife. During an interview with Michelle Collins on SiriusXM, the Countess said: “I think they already cast somebody else. Can’t tell you who but I think they did. I can’t tell you sweetheart. I don’t know that much about the person.”

Ramona Singer Wants An Ally To Join ‘RHONY’

Ramona Singer is no stranger to stirring up drama amongst the RHONY cast and she has an idea of who she wants Bravo to make a full-time housewife: Missy Pool. Yes, Tom D’Agostino’s ex, which would make things awkward on the show for De Lesseps who has now divorced the aforementioned.

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“Ramona knows that having Missy join would be great for TV. Ramona and Lu aren’t in the best of places, and Ramona would like another ally for herself. Ramona knows how much it would get under Lu’s skin if Missy joined. She thinks Missy would be a great fit, so she made the introduction and pitched the idea,” a source told Hollywood Life.

Would Jill Zarin Return To ‘RHONY’?

Another name that has been thrown in the hat is Jill Zarin’s. Now that Frankel is gone, fans think that it’s the perfect time for the former RHONY housewife to make her triumphant return.

In a recent interview, Zarin pondered on the idea of returning to the show that made her a household name. “I don’t want to ruin the relationship with Gary [her boyfriend]. You know how TV can ruin relationships so probably not the best idea,” she told Life & Style.

Zarin also added: “The show did such amazing things for me. You know, I’d like to go back in some ways but in some ways, you know, it’s a scary proposition because Gary is dangerous and you know he’s gonna get me in trouble. Friend role is great, friend role is the best because I never did it for the money, it was never about money for me so yeah, it was more to have fun and I think that it would be fun but you know if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be.”